By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | July 29, 2012
The school year is a new beginning for our children. Have you completed the kid’s physicals and checkups yet? Getting it done in summer means there will be less interruptions during their school day. Starting early can help kids return to their classrooms with energy and enthusiasm. August is just around the corner!
One of the hardest things about going back to school is the school schedule; getting up early and going to bed early. It may help if the kids (and you) had something to look forward to get out of bed earlier like breakfast outdoors, a trip to the library, a hike or a local event. While in the car have them ‘find something orange’ or sing a fun song.
Getting on about your day earlier may not necessarily get kids to bed earlier automatically so plan ahead. Turning off the television is a big step since networks go from show to show and run repeats with popularity. One mother I know turned the family boob-tube off at 7:00 p.m. on school nights. If kids watch after, say 7:00 p.m., limit it to nature programs, Animal Planet or any other winding-down show. Skip the historical war shows and any other violent programming.
Closing the shades and curtains can imitate dusk and dimming the lights can serve to mellow the moods. Forego the roughhousing and instead use the pre-bedtime hour for reading to or with the kids. Choose a soothing, fun book rather than brain stimulating material; the object is to aim for a positive experience to lead into restful sleep.
Playing soft music, a National Public Radio discussion or book on tape can help lull kids to sleep. Thinking back to my own childhood, one of my pleasantest memories are of adults talking softly as I drifted off to sleep. You can set the radio’s sleep timer to turn off in an hour.
By the first day of school you and the kids will both be ready to go! I traditionally drop the kids off the first day then treat myself to a much needed breakfast out then a trip to the local book or craft store. By 2:30 p.m. I was ready to hear all about their day.
Copyright © 2014 Jackie Saulmon Ramirez. All Rights Reserved.
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